Oklahoma high school football: The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 9
With only two weeks left in the regular season, every game seems to have bigger implications toward playoff seeing.
Although every team is eligible to qualify for the playoffs this season, many matchups in Week 9 will dictate who wins district championships and have an advantage hosting playoff games.
Here are The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 9:
1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Stillwater (6-0, 3-0) at No. 3 Midwest City (5-1, 4-0): Midwest City is looking to prove it can join the upper echelon of teams in Class 6A-II and be considered for a state title, but standing in its way is a battle with Stillwater, which has only lost to Bixby the past two and a half seasons. Midwest City’s defense will be tasked with trying to stop the state’s best running back, Stillwater senior Qwontrel Walker.
2. Class 5A No. 5 Coweta (7-1, 5-0) at No. 2 Tulsa Kelley (7-0, 4-0): Both squads have been strong this season with three-point wins against third-place McAlester. The winner will propel itself to a likely district title with one game left.
3. Class 3A No. 5 Verdigris (7-0, 4-0) at No. 1 Tulsa Holland Hall (6-0, 3-0): Top-ranked Tulsa Holland Hall has allowed only 20 points all year, but Verdigris’ offense is putting up 47 points per game. Something’s gotta give with a district title on the line.
4. Class 5A No. 3 Collinsville (8-0, 5-0) at No. 10 Pryor (6-1, 4-0): Pryor has rolled since an opening loss against Class 4A No. 1 Wagoner but faces its stiffest test yet against a Collinsville team that wants to prove it can compete for a championship.
5. Class 2A No. 10 Marlow (7-0, 5-0) at Frederick (7-0, 3-0): Marlow has one of its best teams in school history and is looking to clinch a district title against Frederick, with its defense allowing less than 10 points a game. It’s the team’s first meeting since 1995.
6. Class A No. 8 Tonkawa (6-1, 4-0) at No. 2 Cashion (8-0, 3-0): Cashion hasn’t been tested since nondistrict play but has a possible district title on the line this week with Tonkawa, which won the state title in 2018 and seems to have regained some championship form.
7. Class 3A No. 2 Heritage Hall (6-1, 4-0) at No. 7 Kingfisher (5-2, 3-0): Heritage Hall proved its still the team to beat in District 3A-1 after topping Anadarko but now has to tackle the other undefeated team in Kingfisher, which will rely on Cade Stephenson’s playmaking ability in hopes of pulling an upset.
8. Class 6A-I No. 7 Westmoore (5-2, 3-1) at No. 6 Yukon (4-4, 2-3): A win for Westmoore, which scored on its final play to win last week, would almost guarantee it a home playoff game while Yukon is looking to gain traction after three straight losses.
9. Class 5A No. 9 Guthrie (5-0, 2-0) at No. 4 McGuinness (5-2, 3-1): Guthrie has played back-to-back games only once in district play, so its defense will be tested when tasked with stopping McGuinness senior standout Luke Tarman.
10. Class A No. 1 Ringling (6-0, 4-0) at Wayne (5-1, 4-0): Wayne junior quarterback Ethan Mullins will look to continue his stellar run against the defending state champs, which have allowed only 18 points all season and remain stout.
*-All games Friday unless noted